Farmers in several parts of Uganda have been recognised for their outstanding performance in the country’s first-ever aquaponics farming awards ceremony.
The awards were presented at an event organised by the Water Governance Institute in Kampala which aimed to bring aquaponics operators from different districts together, help them interact with each other and recognise the outstanding performers.
The awards categories were: best overall farmer, best overall influencer, best farmer per district and best influencer per district. These champions of transformation were selected based on their application of the best practices and for training others to do the same.
The Water Governance Institute intends to make the awards ceremony an annual event, to boost farmers and encourage other people to adopt the farming methods. Aquaponics was taken to the people of Uganda following increased demand from farmers who had visited their pilot site in Kabanyolo and since 2016 the institute has established over 189 units across the country.